Porcelain veneers are strong, custom-formed, natural-looking covers that are bonded to the surface of teeth. They look just like perfectly healthy and natural teeth. Veneers are often used to repair chipped, decayed or stained teeth and to reshape teeth and close gaps. Veneers are sometimes used instead of crowns for patients looking for a simple cosmetic restoration. To prepare the tooth, a minimal amount of enamel is ground down to accommodate the veneer. This procedure is minimally invasive, even less so than a typical filling.
Your Personalized Treatment Plan
Before we get started we’d like to hear from you how and why you would like to improve your tooth or teeth. We want to ensure veneers are the best option for you and will help you achieve your smile goals. We may recommend a treatment plan before veneers are done, to ensure your gums are as healthy as possible and your veneers have a clean and healthy foundation.
- Preparing Your Teeth
To make space for your veneer, a thin layer of enamel is removed from the front of your tooth. We numb the area before we start working and the amount of enamel removed is very minimal. Next, we will take an impression of your prepared tooth and it’s neighbours to make sure your veneers fit perfectly and blend in seamlessly with your smile.
- Creating and Placing Veneers
A temporary veneer will be placed for your comfort while your permanent veneers are being created. Once they’re ready to go, your temporary veneers will be removed and the perfect permanent veneers will be cemented in place. After some finishing touches and a quick polish, your smile will be ready to dazzle.
- Caring for Veneers
Your new veneers will look and feel like natural teeth, and you must take care of them like you would your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing twice a day and routine cleanings and checkups are highly recommended! With proper care, your veneers will last ten years or more.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are porcelain veneers?
A porcelain veneer is a layer of porcelain placed over a tooth. Veneers strengthen and restore damaged teeth or improve the aesthetics of a smile.
How many veneers do I need?
It's ultimately up to you to decide how many veneers you need. You may wish to get veneers just on the teeth which are most visible when you smile.
How long is the process?
The length of the process depends on how many teeth need veneers and how complex your solution is. After a consultation, we will be able to tell you how long the process will take.
How long do veneers last?
Veneers are permanently bonded to your tooth and need the same care as your natural teeth. With regular brushing, flossing and check-ups, your veneers can last ten years or more.
Are veneers covered by health insurance?
You must contact your insurance provider to find out if they will cover veneers. We can provide you with a quote for your provider after a consultation.